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January 11, 1941

ANEURYSM OF THE VENTRICLE OF THE HEART

Author Affiliations

BOSTON
From the Medical Clinic, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, and the Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School.

JAMA. 1941;116(2):115-122. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820020025007
Abstract

The prevalence of coronary occlusion and myocardial infarction as a disease entity has led to widespread interest in this condition, its complications and the sequelae. Among the less common end results of infarct of the heart is the formation of ventricular aneurysm. Aneurysm of the ventricle may occur from causes other than infarction, namely from abscess of the heart wall, from trauma, from ulcerative lesions of bacterial endocarditis or from congenital defects. Instances of this type, however, are rare. The majority of ventricular aneurysms arise as a result of infarction following coronary thrombosis. Clinical interest in this problem has received stimulus from the fact that ventricular aneurysm can be diagnosed with accuracy before death and is known to be compatible in some instances with several years of reasonably active life. My purpose in this communication is to review the pathologic, clinical and roentgenologic features of ventricular aneurysm, to report the

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